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The Towers of Samarcand (The Mistra Chronicles Book 2) by [Heneage, James]
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Torn between Tamerlane's Mongolian army and the battle for Byzantium, hero Luke Magoris must fight for his birthright in the second of the epic Mistra Chronicles.

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James Heneage created the successful bookshop chain Ottakars and co-founded the Chalke Valley History Festival. He lives near Salisbury.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2049 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Heron Books (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IOO4FIM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book and cannot wait for the next in the series. It is an entertaining, well researched story,the author bringing to life this period of history. OK if may not be factually correct in every detail but who cares, it is an excellent read.
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This is the second volume of the trilogy and, as it is often the case for such works, it is preferable to read them in their chronological order.

Having mentioned this, the main characteristic of this book is that it is "more of the same" in most respects bar one. The exception is that the "Emperor" who very much takes centre stage in this volume is the much feared and terrible Tamerlane, and he does so at the expense of Sultan Bayezit whom he crushes and capture at the battle of Ankara in 1402.

For me, the characterisation of Tamerlane is one of the strongest features of this book and perhaps one of the ones I appreciated the most, essentially because the portrait of the ageing conqueror seems to have more depth than most (if not all) of the other characters. Here the author has clearly emphasised some of his known historical features while also mostly avoiding the usual clichés (Tamerlane "the bloodthirsty monster") and showing that his terror tactics and his mountains of skulls, inherited from the time of Genghis Khan, served a grim purpose. The two examples given - the destruction of cities in Syria and the storming of Phocaea defended by the Knights of the Hospital and the wiping out of every human being - are historical were meant to illustrate what happened when the enemy was either "treacherous" (seen from Tamerlane's point of view since they broke the truce in Syria and attacked his camp) or just defied him by refusing to surrender, as at Phocaea. That such terror was also fuelled by the more vicious, and at times sadistic, behaviour of the ageing conqueror is also possible. It is illustrated rather well in the book although the author seems to have mostly managed to avoid "overdoing" this aspect.
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Much like the Conn Iggulden conqueror and emperor series, James Heneage's Mistra Chronicles a
is a must for historical fiction readers.
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Brilliant book, can't wait for the next one in the series
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This is a fascinating sequel to 'The Walls of Byzantium'. If you are interested in world history particularly the centuries old conflict between Islam and Christianity then you will enjoy this series. I advise reading them in sequence and also reading the notes at the end of the first book before tackling the story as there are lots of strange names to assimilate! James Henneage writes well and conjures up the 14th century masterfully. A shame that the struggle he writes about still goes on to this day with no sign of resolution.
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I adored this second book in the Mistra Chronicles series even more than the first, if that's possible. The author transports the reader straight to the 14th century and the tale is fast-paced and lively. Looking forward to no. 3... !
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After enjoying the first book in the Mistra series, I was looking forwards to this. It started well enough, but I found it became rather too complicated. There were too many minor characters introduced and too many different plots going on. The excitement of the first book has been replaced to a significant degree by complexity and trying to keep up with the too numerous plots, sub-plots and too many characters. I felt the focus was wavering. I had the same problem with the Game of Thrones novels. in the later books there was simply too much going on, too many minor characters involved in too many minor sub-plots that it became frustrating and hard work. At that point I stopped. I have done so with this after reading something like half of it.
I am sure some will enjoy this kind of complexity, but it wasn't for me.
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Very good historical series learned alot about the times and places
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